Nov. 12, 2009
Hello Wildcat Fans! I am Amy Jaeschke, a junior on the women's basketball team. Throughout this season I am going to be blogging weekly on NUsports.com allowing you to get the inside scoop on our team. I hope you will continue to check in every week!
To start off with, I thought it would be helpful to talk about my experience at this year's Big Ten Media Day because I feel it signifies the current state of our program. Two weeks ago, I had the honor to join two of my teammates, Meshia Reed and Kendall Hackney, in attending this annual event. For the past two years I have been asked to attend media day, and although it is an honor to be able to represent your team, it has also been somewhat of a drag. Each Big Ten team has their own table at which the media can come over and interview the players and coaches about the upcoming season. In the past it has been dreadful watching other schools do all the interviews while your table remains empty. However, this media day was a whole different story. The buzz surrounding the Northwestern table was endless! For the few hours we were there the constant stream of interviews made the time fly by. This year we were ranked eighth in the preseason coaches' poll. First let me state that in no way am I satisfied with being ranked eighth in the Big Ten. That said, I am still excited that we did get picked above other teams. That may sound silly, but both my freshman and sophomore years we were picked last. Seeing that the hard work my teammates and coaches have put into this program is beginning to pay off by gaining respect from other programs around the conference is truly exciting. I share this with you because I think it shows how our program is starting to take off and turn a corner-a corner that needs to be turned in order to make this program into a dominating force in the Big Ten.
Today we are leaving for Toledo, Ohio to take on the Rockets for our season opener. Toledo was ranked first in the MAC West preseason poll. They have a very skilled point guard who is the heart of their team, meaning we need to apply some tough defense to shut her down. This is a great game to see what our team is really made of and how we stack up to some great competition. Yesterday and today's practices have been filled with very high energy as everyone is psyched about our first game. We are off for a five-hour bus ride, so hopefully on the 236 mile trek back to NU we will be celebrating our first victory of the season.
Until next time...Go 'Cats!